• When two boys died, the laws changed. Not so with 32 victims of domestic violence in less than a year

    Anne SummersWhen two boys died, the laws changed. Not so with 32 victims of domestic violence in less than a yearPosted by Anne Summers on 11 November 2016

    By Anne Summers Two years ago, the NSW government introduced drastic laws to restrict the sale of alcohol throughout the city after the violent and unprovoked deaths of two young men in Kings Cross in the previous 18 months. So far this year, according to NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione, there have been 32 homicides as a result of domestic violence. … Read More

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    By Anne Summers Illustration by Cathy Wilcox It’s not just that the dream of a woman finally reaching the Oval Office and becoming president of the United States has had to be deferred, heaven knows for how long. It’s not just that the dream of America continuing the civil, considered and so often inspiring conversations President Obama has had with … Read More

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      By Anne Summers If Hillary Clinton wins on November 8 she will have forged a remarkable and unprecedented political trail: the first woman in more than 200 years of American democracy to win the Presidency, and the first former First Lady to become Commander-in-chief. Contrary to what many might think, the latter is in many ways the more formidable … Read More

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    by Anne Summers I am so honoured to be here and to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of Margaret Whitlam – and to support the work of my local member, the deputy leader of the federal Opposition, the Hon Tanya Plibersek. I have called my remarks, ‘A beaut bird’ which is a description given to Margaret … Read More

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    by Anne Summers Photograph: Bloomberg It’s been hilarious watching Republicans running away from Donald Trump this past week because their party’s nominee for President was revealed as a self-incriminating foul-mouthed sexual harasser. I loved the way most of them invoked a wife or other female family member as a rationale for their defection. The release of video and audio files … Read More

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      By Anne Summers  Photograph: Anthony Johnson   When I first arrived in Sydney in the early 1970s I lived for a time in Glebe and this was where I first saw greyhounds. I was fascinated by the ritual of these sleek dogs, as trim and taut as their owners, slinking through the narrow streets at dawn. It was such … Read More

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    Donald Trump might be wreaking havoc with all the traditions of United States presidential politics but that’s apparently nothing compared with what’s happening on the home front, where planning to vote for the Republican candidate is increasingly becoming a relationship ender. The US media, mainstream and social, have suddenly honed in on stories about couples who can no longer tolerate … Read More

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      By Anne Summers Photograph: Glen McCurtayne I won’t be holding my breath, but it would be nice if John Howard paid tribute to his hero and mentor Sir Robert Menzies’ initiatives to promote women in public life in his television series Howard on Menzies: Building Modern Australia, which debuts tomorrow night on the ABC. I’m not expecting it because … Read More

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    By Anne Summers Photo: Eddie Jim   I think most of us would agree that mocking someone for their suffering and attendant misery is a cruel and abhorrent thing to do. Un-Australian even, given we like to think we are the kind of country that extends a hand to those who are down on their luck or who have suffered … Read More

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        by Anne Summers Illustration: Cathy Wilcox Now that it is pretty much de rigueur for everyone to call herself (or himself) a feminist, we should consider what that actually means. Joining the f-brigade in recent times have been such luminaries of politics and entertainment as US President Barack Obama, Beyonce, Emma Watson, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Justin Trudeau, … Read More

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